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Mr. Israel Yinon

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Employment History

  • Principal Conductor
    Graz Symphony Orchestra
  • Musical Director
    Graz Symphony Orchestra


  • conducting and composition
    Rubin Academy of Music
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Dietsch International Associates Roster, 18 Aug 2012 [cached]
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MusiKado GmbH: Israel Yinon, 28 Feb 2006 [cached]
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"Israel Yinon's conducting is simply superb: Always on the ideal borderline of controlled ecstasy."
"With Israel Yinon on the podium, the musical side had the best possible man for the job, who succeeded in returning one of the best musical comedies of the twentieth century to the stage."
"Israel Yinon was able to lead the orchestra of the Prague State Opera to a standard of color and precision of playing which they had never before achieved."
"The audience will long remember the sixth symphony concert of the Baden-Baden Philharmonic under the direction of Israel Yinon ...
"Clearly, Yinon is poised to make a huge impact on the world musical scene in the years ahead"
"That Israel Yinon was leading the orchestra underscored the special nature of the concert.
This acoustic impression was only strengthened by the visual - observing Israel Yinon's energetic yet exceedingly precise conducting ...
"The (Brünn) Philharmonic achieved with this (Brahms/Schoenberg) interpretation one of their finest performances of this season.Israel Yinon was obviously able to inspire them to show themselves in the best possible light.One could only marvel at the solidity of the orchestral sound and the élan of the entire performance.This evening must be counted among the high points of this year's concert season."
"Israel Yinon won the hearts and minds of the listeners through the intensity and the contagious fire of his interpretation, which when combined with the technical quality of his conducting animated the orchestra of the National Theater in Mannheim to a tremendous achievement."
"Such brilliance of conducting would also give an intensified sense of drama to the masters of German Expressionism, whom Israel Yinon, with great personal commitment, is recording for Koch-Schwann.Yinon takes on these works with heart and soul and a sense of lyricism and will make history with his instinct for finding forgotten musical treasures."
"With vehement, full-bodied playing, Israel Yinon and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra transformed these rarities (works by Emil Bohnke) into a true surprise!"
"The players of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, in superb form under the taut direction of Israel Yinon, unfolded the rich gestures of Bohnke's works."
"Israel Yinon and his Bamberg forces deliver the goods in the symphony, with vital playing ...
"Israel Yinon proves to be a stylistically secure director, who objectively takes his interpretation from the spirit of the music.
"Israel Yinon brilliantly finds the characteristic, unpredictable, and yet perfect Tansman tone: catchy and lively rhythms meet lyrical melancholy, outbreaks in skyscrapers of chords meet lines of pure chamber music.All this is played with spirit and with great attention to sound color and detail."
"Israel Yinon's conducting reminded one of Eduard Möricke's words concerning Haydn: ‘Sometimes his humor is old-fashioned, a delicate pig-tail which moves like a magician, dancing roguishly on his back."
"Israel Yinon proved to be a fanatic obsessed with expression, leading the Graz Symphony Orchestra ...
"Orchestral Restart: Energy and vocabulary rejuvenated: Israel Yinon's official debut as principal conductor of the Graz Symphony Orchestra greeted with prolonged applause."
"The gifted Israel Yinon exhorts strong and electrifying performances from the Brno Philharmonic"
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JEWISH TELEGRAPH ONLINE - Arts & Entertainment, 1 Mar 2006 [cached]
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WHEN conductor Israel Yinon first moved to Germany almost 20 years ago, he admits he was uncomfortable.
Born in 1956 in a village near Netanya, Israel is the son of a Romanian Holocaust survivor father and a mother who lost most of her Polish relatives in the Holocaust.
"There are good and bad people everywhere," Israel, who lives near the city of Hanover, told the Jewish Telegraph.
His theory may come from the story that his father told him when he was younger.
Israel recalled: "When my father was 10-years-old, his mother was shot in the face by a Romanian soldier.
"But there was a German soldier who rescued her and took her to hospital.
"Had my father not told me that as a youngster, I may well have decided never to go to Germany."
The first music that Israel heard was Romanian folk.
He said: "The village where I lived in Israel was a new town and full of Romanian immigrants, like my father. So that was the first music that I started to play.
Israel's mother came from a musical family and she inherited a violin from her grandmother.
But she suffered tragedy in 1944 when, during an Italian Air Force strike on Tel Aviv, her father was killed.
Israel added: "Her father, who escaped from Poland, was called Israel and my mother named me after him."
His musical talents led him to study conducting and composition at Tel Aviv University in the early 1980s, and later he studied at Jerusalem's Rubin Academy of Music.
In 1990 Israel was invited to work in Germany and rapidly became known when his debut CD, the world premiere recording of the symphonic works of Viktor Ullmann, with the Czech Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, won him the coveted 1993 German Reviewers' Recording-Prize.
Israel said: "I never had even thought about performing in Germany, but it was unavoidable because there were - and still are - so many wonderful musicians there."
As well as his conducting and composition, he is respected worldwide for his personal commitment to the rediscovery of lost works from the Second World War.
In 2003, as chief conductor and musical director of Austria's Graz Symphony Orchestra, he devised a series of concerts entitled From the Depths of Oblivion, which featured the music of composers once ostracised by the Nazis.
Israel was later awarded the Gold Medal of Honour of the City of Graz and praised as "a builder of bridges between cultures".
And a year later, he planned and conducted a gala concert in Berlin to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Yad Vashem museum.
He said: "Many of the composers ostracised by the Nazis were Jewish, of course, and I did not want them just to be remembered for their time in the concentration camps."
Israel, who was brought up in a secular Jewish family, explained that in almost 20 years in Germany, he has never encountered any antisemitism.
He said: "I have switched myself off from Israeli politics.
"To be honest, after the incursion into Gaza I expected to get many negative comments, but I did not get one.
"In fact, colleagues have been supportive. They are intelligent people and they understand that there are problems on both sides."
Israel, who returns to his country "two or three times a year", is heading to Britain to conduct a concert on Tuesday.
Israel explained: "You have to remember that during the Nazi reign, Mendelssohn's music was persona non grata - people were not allowed to play it, together with lots of other Jewish composers' works.
Israel, who lives with American wife Liza in Germany, has a daughter, 23-year-old Shir'ran.
He added: "She was studying physics and mathematics, but is now doing composition at Haifa University.
About Israel Yinon, 7 July 2012 [cached]
Israel Yinon (Born in January 11, 1956 in Kfar Saba , Israel ) is a world renowned German, international conductor.
Yinon studied conducting, music theory and composition at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv (1981-1984) and at the Music Academy in Jerusalem (1985-1988) among others, Noam Sheriff and Mendi Rodan.
Apart from the classical repertoire, Yinon devoted mainly to the discovery of forgotten and unknown works. He sat down in particular in the Third Reich as " degenerate "forbidden composers like Hans Krasa , Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff one, but also for representatives of German Expressionism forgotten how Heinz Tiessen and Eduard Erdmann . Moreover, he has established himself as a lawyer living musical composer name. For example, he brought the opera The Royal Game of Violeta Dinescu for the premiere (at the Schwetzingen Festival 1995).
Israel Yinon served as guest conductor with numerous orchestras, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the London Royal Philharmonic, Royal Antwerp Flemish Philharmonic, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin.
Bayer Culture - HandsOn!, 10 July 2012 [cached]
Afterwards, conductor Israel Yinon will chat to the children and answer their questions.
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